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Will CBD Show Up on a Drug Test?

According to polls conducted by the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), approximately 57% of all employers conduct drug tests on all new employees. Most of these companies have had drug testing policies and practices in place for many years.

This is an interesting statistic considering marijuana is legal in 33 states for medical use and 11 for recreational use. On top of that, CBD is completely legal in all 50 states thanks to the 2018 Farm Act. We know that it is legal but will CBD show up on a drug test? There are a lot of careers that require a drug test and no one wants to lose their job.

If you work for a company that drug test and you don’t want to risk failing but would like to discover the many benefits of CBD, there are answers. Today I will help you to understand why employers drug test, what actually shows up on a drug test, why some CBD products can make you fail a test, as well as the difference between broad spectrum and CBD isolates.

Why do Employers Conduct Drug Tests?

If you are like me then you probably don’t like the idea of a drug test. Not because I use drugs, but because to me, CBD is not a drug and marijuana which contains THC if used properly isn’t a drug either. The thing is… just like with anything in life, there will always be those people who abuse things and create a negative connotation around it.

Like Marijuana, for instance, a lot of people to this day hear that word and think something negative like laziness because somewhere along the line they witnessed someone, who maybe had too much Indica. There are some interesting statistics surrounding drug testing that weigh in favor of the company.

One in five companies saw an improvement in productivity. These companies also saw an astounding 50% decrease in workers compensation incidents. There was a mix in the reaction of employees as 16% of these companies had lower turnover rates while 8% actually had higher turnover.

It is clear that employers drug test for many reasons. There are employees who will abuse drugs and or alcohol and that will affect there production and in some cases could put others in danger. You may or may not be in favor of a drug testing program but it seems to have more pros than cons.

Are they actually testing for CBD?

What do the drug tests actually look for? The good news about the situation is that drug tests aren’t looking for CBD because it isn’t a banned substance. The typical drug test companies use is looking for amphetamines, cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamine, opiates, nicotine, and alcohol.

Why aren’t they looking for CBD?
The drugs that the test pick up are on the Controlled Substance Act, except for alcohol. Since CBD is legal and does not cause a psychoactive affect there is no need to test for it. Alcohol is legal but it is known to impair people and that is why they test for that.

I find this next piece of information very interesting and I see it as a positive as far as more evidence CBD has amazing health benefits. The NCAA or National Collegiate Athletic Association is very strict on their banned substances for athletes but they allow the use of CBD.

Why some CBD products can make you fail?

If CBD is completely legal and not a banned or controlled substance then why have people whom have taken CBD failed a drug test? This is where it gets interesting. CBD is not regulated by the FDA because it is listed as a supplement. There are many people and companies that make these products and sell them.

The issue isn’t with the compound CBD itself, it’s with the way it is processed and filtered. The drug test people are giving typically through a urine sample, which I find to be rather gross, does not trace CBD but it is looking for THC, another compound found in the same plant.

If you are buying a full spectrum CBD it should tell you that it has the legal amount of THC which is 0.3%. People who don’t have a drug test may use full spectrum for the added benefits of the THC.

If you are buying a product that claims to be a CBD isolate then it should have 0% THC, but what can happen is trace amounts of THC can be left behind and cause you to fail a drug test. This is true for not just tinctures but with creams, locations and even CBD drinks.

The point is to be sure you use a product that you can research and know the facts about. If you don’t want to fail a drug test but want the benefits of CBD look for a 3rd party tested brand with honest reviews.

Broad Spectrum Over Isolate

We established that full spectrum CBD will include all the cannabinoids found in the hemp plant including the THC. If you are trying to get the benefits of the CBD without the THC then you can always go with a pure form of CBD or isolate. A CBD isolate will give you pure CBD.

CBD in itself has many benefits but when the other 80+ cannabinoids and compounds work together you get the entourage effect. The entourage effect is when all the compounds work together to heal the body and that is why I prefer broad spectrum.

I have a career that requires a drug test and I would never want to lose my job because of THC. I also have tried CBD isolates and they did not have the same relaxing, calming, focus driving effect on me as the broad spectrum did. Broad spectrum is a great middle man in the whole THC or no THC dilemma.

The great news about a Broad Spectrum CBD is that you get all the amazing cannabinoids from the hemp plant but with absolutely no THC. Not only do you not have to worry about failing a drug test but you can also get all the amazing health benefits of CBD with the entourage effect !

Trust Joy Organics

All of this leads me to the best CBD product on the market. We have been using CBD since it became legal in North Carolina in 2015. Since then, we have moved to Vegas and now live in Florida. We have tried more than a dozen different brands and I have enjoyed a few of them while others seemed to be a waste of money.

None of my experiences turned me off from using CBD because I knew the benefits. We just needed to find a product that was THC free. Not only do I get tested but our kids are under 18 and I wouldn’t want to give them any products containing THC.

This is where Joy Organics came in. We stumbled upon Joy Organic through our endless google searches as well as Facebook groups based around CBD. The biggest thing we loved instantly is that Joy Organics is ORGANIC. The next big thing we noticed was that they make a broad spectrum CBD.

Step 5 in Joy’s 7-step process for the best quality CBD is the THC removal and refining. They use a proprietary technology to remove unwanted compounds wax, chlorophyll, plant pigments and trace amounts of THC.

More than half of employers drug test their employees. The truth is a lot of Americans are using CBD for weight loss, energy, sound sleep and much more so it is important to have a trusted quality brand and that’s why we recommend Joy Organics.

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Dustin Johnson

Hi There! My name is Dustin Johnson (not the golfer). I am a sales professional/motivator by day and CBD content writer by night. I created trynaturalhealing.com because I want to share my passion for CBD and natural healing remedies to help people become the best version of themselves. When I’m not writing you can find me gardening or shooting hoops with my son, Kayden.

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  1. This article is definitely helpful in understanding CBD and drug tests. I think a lot of people are confused about whether CBD and THC are the same thing and you really helped explain it!

    • Thanks for reading Jess and glad you found the content helpful. We want people to understand the difference between CBD and THC as well as the many health benefits of the cannabis plant.

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